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Murakami bigger in Qatar, Peres shutters LA gallery and expands in Berlin, and two new fairs for Korea

Murakami, here in Versailles, will go even bigger in Qatar

Murakami bigger in Qatar

A Takashi Murakami exhibition in Qatar planned for 2012 is going to be “much bigger” than the version due to open in the Palace of Versailles in September, says Emmanuel Perrotin (L1), who represents the Japanese artist. The Versailles show (14 September -12 December) is partly funded by the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA). According to Perrotin: “It will be a new concept and much broader,” when unveiled in the Gulf state. Members of the Qatari royal family, including Sheikha Mozah Al-Thani, were among the VIP visitors to Art Basel this week along with QMA director Roger Mandle. G.A.

Peres to close LA gallery and open a second Berlin space

Dealer Javier Peres will close his Los Angeles location and open a second space in Berlin’s Mitte district. He plans to close his space located in the Culver City area of Los Angeles in the next two weeks. Peres currently operates another gallery in Berlin in the Kreuzburg district. A Dorothy Iannone show is currently on view in the L.A. gallery, closing 26 June. Peres represents Terence Koh, Dan Colen and Mark Titchner, among others. L.P.

Two new fairs for Korea

Plans have been announced for two new fairs in South Korea. They will join the existing dealer-run KIAF international art fair (9-13 September). Former KIAF director Jonghyo Cheong has left the fair to head one of the new ventures, Art Seoul, which will open in September 2011. The other new fair is Art Gwangju, which is being led by the chief executive of the Gwangju Biennale (3 September-7 November), Yongwoo Lee, who plans to open it on 1 September this year. Participating galleries include London’s Lisson and Stockholm’s Niklas Belenius. C.B.

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